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Life and Culture

Life and Culture

In its largest show of support for an organization targeting HIV, BBVA Compass is teaming up with the Elton John AIDS Foundation to reinforce the organization’s work in the Southern U.S.

Sir Elton John created his foundation nearly 25 years ago, and it has since raised more than $350 million and become a global leader in the fight to end AIDS. Its ongoing work in the South is critical: The epicenter of the nation's HIV epidemic has moved from the coasts — the first AIDS cases were reported in Los Angeles and New York City in 1981 — to the 16 states and District of Columbia that make up the South, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

With the cold air and cloudy sky, spring did not appear to be embracing the guests at the world’s most important art fair held every year in Basel (Switzerland). This small city, Basel, is characterised by its location on the northern frontier of Switzerland, bordering with France and Germany and every spring it makes itself ready for the artistic commotion implied when hosting the year’s most important contemporary and modern art event: Art Basel.

The new academic year has already begun and children are back to school. They are back to classes, books and breaks. However, this indispensable routine would only be a dream for many families were they to have no help. For this reason, BBVA has implemented several scholarship and education support programs that help countless children and young people experience their return to school like any other child and have the chance to complete their education.

Mehmet Gürs, Turkish chef, Xabi de la Maza, host of the event, Joan Roca and Luis González

‘The Turkish Way’, produced by BBVA, premiered in the culinary section of the San Sebastian Film Festival. The documentary captures the experience of the Roca brothers during their trip to Turkey in 2015, bearing witness to how the top chefs in the country are starting an interesting gastronomic movement. “Being there was wonderful, meeting top chefs and seeing them gather and come together in a manifesto aimed at boosting the relevance of their cuisine,” said Joan Roca, chef of El Celler de Can Roca, during the presentation of the film.